Country Funk: 1969-1975

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Intrepid record label Light in the Attic offers us another theme-based compilation we didn't know we needed until they did it. Previous examples, Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, the two volumes of Thai Funk, and Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown's MoWest Story 1971-73 to name a few, were standard bearers; they highlighted essential sounds few but collectors owned. Country Funk: 1969-1975 brings together 16 sides from the catalogs of artists well-known and marginal, whose works all share mercurial qualities: their Southern rural roots actively engage emergent funk. Tony Joe White and Jim Ford are obvious choices, but their representative tracks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Intrepid record label Light in the Attic offers us another theme-based compilation we didn't know we needed until they did it. Previous examples, Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974, the two volumes of Thai Funk, and Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown's MoWest Story 1971-73 to name a few, were standard bearers; they highlighted essential sounds few but collectors owned. Country Funk: 1969-1975 brings together 16 sides from the catalogs of artists well-known and marginal, whose works all share mercurial qualities: their Southern rural roots actively engage emergent funk. Tony Joe White and Jim Ford are obvious choices, but their representative tracks aren't. In the former case, it's the swaggering "Stud Spider," and in the latter's it's raw gutbucket "I'm Wanta Make Her Love Me." Nostalgic memory and longing for Southern locales are addressed in numerous places such as in Johnny Adams' "Georgia Morning Dew" and John Randolph Marr's "Hello L.A - Bye Bye Birmingham." Set opener Dale Hawkins celebrates it all in "L.A., Memphis, Tyler, Texas" as Tower of Power-styled horns meet Stax guitars and Canned Heat's laid-back boogie. Elsewhere, the deep, funky, electric blues connect Gray Fox's reading of Buzz Clifford's "Hawg Frog" and Johnny Jenkins' take on Dr. John's classic "I Walk On Gilded Splinters"; their choruses and production quite literally mirror one another. Urban Blues, bluegrass, and country gospel make their appearance in Link Wray's "Fire and Brimstone." Bobbie Gentry's "He Made a Woman Out of Me," with its wah-wahs, shimmering strings, and shiny horns offers the sultry Delta blues underscored by massive breaks. And speaking of breaks, one of the stone killers in this set is Dennis the Fox's "Piledriver," with its thoroughly urban look at a country female trucker. Bobby Darin's "Light Blue" has a smoldering bassline that is brought right to the front line just as it is in Bobby Charles' "Street People." While Cherokee's "Funky Business" fits the theme, it has as much of the Byrds in it as it does Joe South. Mac Davis' "Lucas Was a Redneck" is a little too close to Tony Joe White for comfort, but that's a small quibble. Country Funk: 1969-1975 illuminates a brief but fruitful period where genre lines blurred, and both genres benefitted mightily.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853008327
  • Catalog Number: 83
  • Sales rank: 21,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 L.A. Memphis Tyler Texas - Dale Hawkins (2:44)
  2. 2 Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham - John Randolph Marr (3:03)
  3. 3 Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams (3:20)
  4. 4 Lucas Was a Redneck - Mac Davis (2:50)
  5. 5 Light Blue - Bobby Darin (3:38)
  6. 6 I Wanta Make Her Love Me - Jim Ford (3:09)
  7. 7 Hawg Frog - Gray Fox (3:26)
  8. 8 Fire and Brimstone - Link Wray (4:20)
  9. 9 Street People - Bobby Charles (3:44)
  10. 10 Funky Business - Cherokee (2:40)
  11. 11 Stud Spider - Tony Joe White (5:38)
  12. 12 Piledriver - Dennis the Fox (5:11)
  13. 13 Ohoopee River Bottomland - Larry Jon Wilson (3:45)
  14. 14 He Made a Woman Out of Me - Bobbie Gentry (2:34)
  15. 15 Bayou Country - Gritz (2:57)
  16. 16 I Walk on Guilded Splinters (5:50)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Link Wray Composer
Delaney Bramlett Composer
Buzz Clifford Composer
Dale Hawkins Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Don Hill Composer
Duke Bardwell Composer
Randy Fouts Composer
Craig Krampf Composer
Patrick McCarthy Producer, Images, Archival Materials
Dick Monda Images, Archival Materials
Moy Composer
Trevor Veitch Composer
Ray Vernon Producer
Steve Verroca Producer
Larry Jon Wilson Composer
Margaret Lewis Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Fred Burch Composer
Eothen Alapatt Images, Archival Materials
Matt Sullivan Producer, Executive Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
John Creaux Composer
Zach Cowie Producer, Images, Archival Materials
John Baldwin Remastering
Jessica Hundley Liner Notes
Myra Smith Composer
Jess Rotter Illustrations
Dennis Caldriola Composer
Joe Donaldson Composer
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